Good morning, and welcome back to Movie Morsels, your daily recap of the latest cinema news! It’s hump day, and nobody really loves Wednesdays unless you’re buying new comics. But to get you through the midpoint of the week, we bring word of the Tetris film trilogy. Yes, you read that correctly. We’ve also got a few Star Trek and Star Wars tidbits, an Anastasia musical, and a new trailer for Morgan. Let’s go!
We’re still trying to wrap our heads around the idea of a Tetris movie, since the original game and its many spinoffs, sequels, and remakes are story-free by design. But maybe we’re thinking too small. According to the film’s producer, Larry Kasanoff, a Tetris trilogy of sci-fi films is the only way to go!
“Purely because the story we conceived is so big,” explained Kasanoff during an interview with Empire. “This isn’t us splitting the last one of our eight movies in two to wring blood out of the stone. It’s just a big story.”
“We want the story to be a surprise, but it’s a big science-fiction movie,” continued Kasanoff. “I came up with the idea as I was thinking about Tetris and the theme of creating order out of chaos…No one has come remotely close to figuring out what we’re doing.”
That’s true, we have absolutely no idea how this movie going to work. But there’s definitely the potential for a great biopic about Alexey Pajitnov, the man who created Tetris. We’d line up for that film!
Fox’s animated Anastasia movie is going to Broadway! That’s fitting, because Anastasia herself has had the enduring popularity of a Disney princess without actually having anything to do with Disney at all! The Anastasia musical about the girl claiming to be the last daughter of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II has already had a successful test run at at Connecticut’s Hartford Stage. Now, it’s coming to Broadway in April 2017, with its original cast intact!
The musical’s official site offered this description: “From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical Anastasia is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.” Sounds like fun!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
We know that Rogue One is going to be the first Star Wars live-action film outside of the core Skywalker saga, but it may actually go without the famous opening crawl that we’ve come to associate with the franchise.
“We talk about that all the time,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy during a feature in Entertainment Weekly. “It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing. The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.”
That’s a valid reason to consider not using the crawl. Now here’s a reason to reconsider: Rogue One only exists because of the opening crawl of the original Star Wars. That inspired the story of this film, and who knows what stories could be inspired from this movie’s opening crawl?
Say goodbye to the Abramsverse! No, the Star Trek reboot movies aren’t going away, nor should anyone expect Star Trek Beyond to be the end, especially if it makes a lot of money. Instead, Star Trek historians Denise and Michael Okuda have coined a new term for the Abramsverse, which has now been officially picked up by Paramount. It’s now called the Kelvin timeline, since the first point of departure from the original Trek timeline was the arrival of Nero from the future before he destroyed the U.S.S. Kelvin, the Federation ship briefly commanded by George Kirk, as played by Chris Hemsworth.
That was arguably the role that made Hemsworth a star and landed him the role of Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not bad, for a few minutes of screen time! And now the sacrifice of George Kirk will live on in Trek lore.
Somebody’s been playing God in the new trailer for Morgan, Kate Mara‘s new sci-fi thriller. The title character is portrayed by The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy, who looks like she’s cornering the market on scary, all-powerful teenage girls…especially if Taylor-Joy gets to play Magik in the New Mutants movie as well!
The latest Morgan trailer spells out the threat that she represents, as Mara’s character is called in to investigate.
Morgan will be released on Friday, September 2.
That’s a wrap for Wednesday’s Movie Morsels! What did you think about today’s stories? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!
Featured Image: Nintendo/Tetris Company
Images: 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm/Paramount Pictures